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Multi-disciplinary teams are the key to the future

B&ES chief executive Blane Judd explains why it is so important for contractors to encourage multi-skilling 
 18 Apr 2012

Julius Garrett is Scottish Craft Apprentice of the Year

Julius Garrett was named Scottish Craft Apprentice of the Year during presentation of the HVACR Awards for Outstanding Achievement in a ceremony held at the headquarters of HVCA Scotland. 
 18 Apr 2012

Navigating through the hot water cylinder maze

It pays to research and assess the material an unvented water heating cylinder is manufactured from, as well as its operating pressure, flow rates and recovery times, says John Forster 
 18 Apr 2012

Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

Convoluted telephone answering systems? David Pepper has had it up to here with them 
 1 Mar 2012

'Modernisation is now unstoppable'

The building engineering services sector has witnessed significant changes and Bob Shelley believes it must keep changing if it is to survive and thrive in a fiercely competitive environment 
 1 Mar 2012

Heating engineers must learn a new language

A change of emphasis from cutting carbon to saving energy is a subtle, but significant one for the commercial heating sector, says David Frise 
 1 Mar 2012

Spreading the RHI benefits

Last year's changes to RHI biomass tariffs may result in a better spread of the incentive and focus minds on the key benefits of this renewable energy source. Adrian Walker explains 
 1 Mar 2012

Golden rules of CHP Specification

With fuel and electricity prices increasing, now is a good time to investigate the potential of combined heat and power for reducing the cost of heating and hot water, says Andy Whitehouse 
 1 Mar 2012

Making district heating work at its optimum level

The efficiency of district/community heating schemes can depend heavily on the design of the heat interface units in the system. Silas Flytkjaer highlights the key challenges and how they can be addressed 
 1 Mar 2012

A matter of Principle

The importance of applying the principles of an 'energy hierarchy' can't be over-emphasised, says Jeff House 
 1 Mar 2012

Good commissioning means happy end users

Getting the commissioning wrong can mean the difference between an air conditioning system working perfectly, or not working at all, says Martyn Ives 
 1 Mar 2012

Why blowing hot and cold can make sense

Modern flexible workspaces demand modern flexible HVAC systems that don't waste energy. Self-adaptive simultaneous heating and cooling in four-pipe hydronic systems, capable of reducing energy consumption by 40 per cent, is a giant leap in the right direction, says Dean Ward 
 1 Mar 2012

No magic bullets in the field of refrigerants

Refrigerants are developing fast and the industry has a responsibility to work together to determine the best refrigerant(s) for each application, says Stephen Yurek 
 1 Mar 2012

Clearing the mists that surround humidification

Humidifier projects don't come along very often for the average hvac contractor so building-up enough experience to overcome the common pitfalls can be difficult. Tim Scott offers 10 tips to ensure a smooth and successful humidifier installation 
 1 Mar 2012

Integrated climate controls help cut carbon emissions

Whether offices, shops, schools, civic buildings, hotel and leisure or healthcare facilities, the pressure to change the way we heat and cool buildings is increasing. John Durbin looks at how an integrated approach to climate control can result in dramatic energy and carbon savings - especially when heat recovery techniques are incorporated within a heat pump-based system 
 1 Mar 2012

If you can't stand the heat...

Kitchen ventilation is simple in principle, but there is still a lot of rubbish spoken about it. Steve Leonard expels some of the hot air 
 1 Mar 2012

Web video highlights vent fire risk

An online video company has completed a film highlighting the threats posed by building fires and the role of fire and smoke dampers in reducing the risks 
 1 Mar 2012

Maintaining a clear focus for Part F

There have been suggestions that control of VOCs and CO could be included in the next generation of Part F of the Building Regulations. Alasdair Howie explains why this could be counter-productive 
 1 Mar 2012

Don't ignore the filter factor

Filtration is too often a Cinderella service. Mark Bamforth offers an overview 
 1 Mar 2012

ACR Show set to debut at the NEC

The ACR Show is the new dedicated event for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry 
 1 Mar 2012
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